Elephant stomps tourist to death

Elephant dubbed Rambo but also called by his nickname Golf is chained to a tree on the resort island of Samui, Surat Thani Province, Thailand, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. A Scottish tourist has been gored to death by the elephant that he and his 16-year-old stepdaughter were riding on the island, Thai authorities said Tuesday. Police Lt. Rotjanart Kiewjan said the animal threw Gareth Crowe and Eilidh Hughes to the ground during a trek on Monday. The elephant then gored Crowe with his tusk and stomped on him. (AP

Thai police say a Scottish tourist has been gored to death by an elephant that he and his 16-year-old stepdaughter were riding on the resort island of Samui.

Police Lt. Rotjanart Kiewjan said the animal threw Gareth Crowe and Eilidh Hughes to the ground during a trek on Monday. The elephant then gored Crowe with his tusk and stomped on him.

Thai news reports said the elephant became enraged after its trainer climbed off to take a picture of the tourists. Police think hot weather may have disturbed the 13-year-old elephant.

The trainer was also gored and Hughes was injured from her fall. Both were hospitalised. The elephant was shot with a tranquiliser dart several hours after the incident.

 

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